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I love talking to people with PhDs. To me someone with a PhD is not that far removed from say an artist, musician or writer. They have chosen to explore a topic in-depth and become the leading authority in the world on that subject. So join me as we Pile it high and Deep with doctorates from around around the world as we explore their journey's their research and what they have done with all that knowledge they shoved into their brains.
 
Scored to Death: The Podcast is the official companion podcast to the books, Scored to Death: Conversations with Some of Horror's Greatest Composers & Scored to Death 2: More Conversations with Some of Horror's Greatest Composers, and is an ongoing exploration into the world of horror film music and the people who create it -- Featuring new and exclusive in-depth interviews with the genre's greatest composers as well as informative audio documentaries and more. Twitter & Instagram: @scoredto ...
 
Olivia Wilder Times™ features celebrity and other unique guest interviews that are informal and conversational. The over 600 guests have included TV/FILM: Linda Evans, Beau Bridges, Andie MacDowell, La Toya Jackson, Eric Roberts, Sean Young, Richard Thomas, Billy Zane, Gilles Marini, Robert Townsend, Joanna Cassidy, Melora Hardin, Debi Mazar ; Justin Kirk, Clark Gregg, Tom Conti, Henry Goodman, Cung Le; Justin Chon and Solomon Trimble (Twilight); RuPaul, Josie Bissett, COMEDY: Dane Cook, Gre ...
 
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There is value in naiveté. Daniel Gonzales didn’t have a clue when he began college about the opportunities before him. And because he was naive he didn’t have any reason to say “no” when these opportunities were presented to him. Not know, having zero expectations have served him well thorough to his post-doc where he has learned to embrace the un…
 
t's the beginning of the 2021 Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season, why not to talk to a hurricane expert. Phil Klotzbach, PhD is a part of a group of research scientists working to predict hurricanes. Currently, as of June 1, Phil's team from Colorado State University, yes Colorado, are predicting 17 named storms for 2021. Last year there were 30 named…
 
From Texas to Alaska Brian Brettschneider has experienced some of the most extreme weather on earth. His love of weather really began as an extension of an early fascination with geography and then an introduction to The Weather Channel. Brian has worked in industry, academia, and governmental agencies and for the last 15 years has spent his time d…
 
The journey of a PhD in Nursing is certainly unique due to the fact there is an element of direct work experience required before moving onto graduate education. Dr. Linda Franck did not plan to become as she started college and she certainly wasn't expecting to get a PhD. The career of a nurse is varied and Dr. Franck talks about the options avail…
 
The leap from dancing, specifically belly dancing, to a PhD in Speech Communication is really not too far. Especially once you hear the story of how Sandra Halvorson, PhD took the journey. Sure; there was the family, the dance and exercise school, living in Minnesota then Florida. But in the end it all really kind of makes sense; because after all …
 
There's a common thread among many PhDs I have talked with over these 40 episodes; always looking for the next thing, even when the thing they are working on now is still in process. Maybe it's one of those key ingredients of making a PhD, the never-ending quest. Eladio Bobadilla came to America as a child and grew up in the agriculture industry of…
 
The original destination for Chris Cornthwaite's PhD journey was a tenure track college professor gig. The universe had other plans and now Chris finds himself on two paths; using the knowledge and skillset developed during his PhD to help define immigration policy and helping other PhDs and helping other graduates with advanced degrees define them…
 
The Bible we are most familiar with is the King James version, commissioned by the English, or Scottish depending on your POV, king in the early 1600s. It is generally considered the most important book of the western world. But did you know there are stories outside the Bible? These are known as Apocrypha and were popular and used by English pries…
 
More talk of proteins on this episode of Piled high and Deep-The Podcast. Charlie Eldrid, his PhD is coming later this month (I will update) is also doing some cutting edge science as he works to further develop the technology making identifying the structure of proteins more efficient. https://twitter.com/CharlieSpec?s=20https://www.researchgate.n…
 
What would you do if you realized the undergraduate degree you were about to complete wasn't what you wanted to do? For Dr. Deanne Sammond it was a realization the music degree she was about to complete was not going to be the path she wanted to follow anymore. So instead she explored the world of biotech and found herself intrigued with proteins a…
 
Writing is always a consistent theme in the journey of any PhD. For Kali Wallace, while she always had a love of making up stories, her PhD required her to use the facts to tell stories about the movement of tectonic plates. Today Kali is doing what she loves, making up stories. The science stuff is important too, but Kali has found her place in th…
 
The PhD journey of Dr. Lisa Munro is more of a journey journey, not so much the destination if the destination was really known at the time the journey began and as the journey continued the destination wasn’t really ever known even today as the journey continues with the unknowing knowledge of the importance of living in the moment. She is going t…
 
Even before earning his PhD, Stephen Rosen had quite a journey. After college and masters degree he found himself working on the front lines of the Cold War, building nuclear bombs. His PhD came later and led him to become part of the legendary Hudson Institute and part of a group of BIG thinkers pondering the greater questions of mankind entering …
 
Originally recorded as a virtual panel for 2020's Salem Horror Fest, this very special episode finds Scored to Death author & host, J. Blake Fichera, discussing the craft of making music for horror films, with an all-star lineup of amazing film music talent—including composers Richard Band, Joseph Bishara, Holly Amber Church, Charlie Clouser, and H…
 
Efra Rivera Serrano began his PhD journey very simply, he went to college in order to escape the poverty of rural Puerto Rico. He fell in love with biology after his college classes built upon his favorite subjects in high school. The goal moved to PhD when he discovered a living could be had by being curious and asking questions. Efra then discove…
 
You could say the the PhD journey for Dr. Sam Benz began as a kid. His father was a professor at a seminary in Iowa, studying The Old Testament and Greek, and Sam found himself at archeological dig sites, living overseas, and being exposed to the greater world around him. Mix that with a love of building things, math, and a general curiosity of the…
 
You might think a PhD built upon earthquakes and other natural disasters would be all science and stuff; not the case with Dr. Sara McBride. This journey begins with finding a love of writing and of far away places, putting those skills to work serving communities facing threats from Mother Nature and then traveling around the world chasing the dis…
 
A big driver for success in this world is finding something you enjoy doing, and it doesn't matter why. For Emma Southon, PhD in Ancient History it was embracing the horribleness of Ancient Rome that opened her eyes to how awesome history is. From there she moved on to look at how early Christianity rose up and plotted and schemed to convert the ma…
 
Tenacity is a trait common among PhDs. The drive to find answers, solve problems, develop solutions, or improve upon what is already established and or commonplace. For Cathy Dundon the PhD journey begins with an early introduction into the wonders of cells and DNA. Her curiosity leads to a PhD and then to working to solve problems as industry look…
 
Samer Hijazi can point to a Japanese cartoon for being the inspiration for his pursuit of a PhD in Electrical Engineering. The cartoon was about a robot that understood what he was being told, but didn’t speak, but serves the greater good. This is the starting line for a love of technology and inspired a desire to build robots. Eventually the path …
 
The adventures of Gabrielle Palmer are rooted in her childhood. An early love of art carried her through college studies, taking her to Ecuador and Spain, and inspiring her to lead the restoration of an 18th Century Spanish Church sitting in Downtown Sante Fe, New Mexico. Along the way she met a king, led the efforts to save the. historic trail of …
 
Killer Knowns From Outer Space composer, John Massari sits in for part 1 of this fascinating and educational installment of Scored to Death: The Podcast. He reveals personal insights into his craft, as well as trade-secrets, and lessons learned from his esteemed mentors--the great Jerry Fielding and David Rose. He also relays a story about how advi…
 
In this episode, the great Barry De Vorzon discusses his early careers in the music, film and TV industries and reveals fascinating stories behind some of TV's greatest themes [including the theme for SWAT and “Nadia’s Theme” from The Young and the Restless]; his work with James Brown and Larry Cohen on the soundtrack for Black Caesar, and what it …
 
Alan Howarth returns for part 2 of our 40th Anniversary celebration of the Halloween film series. Alan and Blake continue their conversation about Alan and John Carpenter's collaborative relationship, with a discussion about the score for Big Trouble in Little China and the Coupe de Ville's recording sessions. Then Alan dives deep into the creation…
 
It is October! And this week Blake is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of John Carpenter's monumental film Halloween with an in-depth discussion with former Carpenter collaborator Alan Howarth about his contributions to the iconic Halloween film franchise. In part 1, Alan and Blake dive deep into the scores for Halloween II and Halloween III: Seaso…
 
This week Blake continues his conversation with the fascinating composer, electronic orchestrator and synth innovator Christopher L. Stone. They talk more about the Phantasm series and the differences between visceral and methodical composers. They also chat about Chris' work on Disney's TaleSpin, his work with John Landis, composing for horror and…
 
This week Blake talks with composer, electronic orchestrator and synth innovator Christopher L. Stone. They discuss Chris' collaborations with fellow composers Richard Band & Fred Myrow, on such beloved cult film scores as TerrorVision, From Beyond, Prison and the Phantasm series. They also chat about his electronic sound contributions to the films…
 
This week's episode is part 1 of a detailed discussion with the French composer who professionally goes by the name Rob. He burst on to the horror film music scene, with a fantastic early example of retro-synthwave scoring, the 2012 Franck Khalfoun & Alexandre Aja remake of Maniac and he has since scored Horns, Planetarium, Amityville: The Awakenin…
 
This week, Blake's detailed interview with writer/director/composer John Harrison continues, as the two explore Harrison's career as a screenwriter and director. He provides valuable tips for all filmmakers and writer, reveals useful lessons learned from his years with George A. Romero and much much more. Film Scores Discussed: Book of Blood (2009)…
 
This week Blake chats with composer Craig Safan--a man that has scored some of the films he holds near & dear to his heart--about his musical background, being mentored by Elmer Bernstein, his process, Bernard Herrmann, working with director Michael Mann & much much more. Film Scores Discussed: Fade to Black (1980) The Last Starfighter (1984) Cheer…
 
In this episode, Blake concludes his in-depth chat with composer Wojciech Golczewski. The two discuss Wojciech's film scoring career, his writing process, his non-soundtrack albums, the fear of unintentional plagiarism and much more. Film Scores & Albums Discussed: Dark Souls (2011) Beyond the Gates (2016) Tonight She Comes (2017) Reality Check (20…
 
Peter McGraw's PhD journey, both to the dissertation and after has taken him around the world. Pretty exciting for a guy with an interest for quantitative psychology and an understanding of why people make the decisions they do,. Then there's the whole interest in what makes something funny. but don't laugh, it was all part of the plan. Peter's web…
 
Robin O’Keefe knew at a young age what he wanted to do with his life, the problem was his older self didn’t listen at first. But it all turned out for the best and Robin is doing exactly what he was meant to do, a paleontologist that teaches a lot of general biology classes, including human anatomy. WHAT?! There have also been some adventures, like…
 
In this episode, the in-depth interview with composer Joseph LoDuca continues, with a deeper dive into his film scoring career, as well as discussions about Ash vs. Evil Dead, the differences and similarities between scoring horror and comedy, film scoring and jazz and much much more! Film Scores Discussed: Ash vs. Evil Dead (2015) Brotherhood of t…
 
The ability to push through obstacles is a defining quality in Donna Halper’s PhD journey. She had a goal of being on the radio and a bunch of college boys in the 60s were not going to keep her from her dream. When Donna realized the radio industry was changing she decided a new path was to be followed and she could use her radio past to build her …
 
The PhD journey for Dr. Rochelle Dalla has been focused on women who have found themselves on the margins of society; first Native American teenage mothers and then sex workers in the middle of America and then India. These are women that find themselves in constant states of crisis and for Rochelle she has found a passion for telling their stories…
 
In this episode, Blake chats with composer, songwriter & musician Cody Carpenter about his new album Interdependence, his love for composer Vince DiCola, what it's like creating music & touring with his iconic father--John Carpenter--and much, much more. Film Scores & Albums Discussed: Cigarette Burns (2005) Pro-Life (2006) Vampires (1998) Christin…
 
For this debut episode, Blake chats with composer Richard Band about his musical background, artistic process & work. Film Scores Discussed: Laserblast (1978) Troll (1986) Prison (1988) The House on Sorority Row (1983) Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn 3D (1983) Ghostwarrior (1986) For Part 2 of this interview, check out the book SCORED TO D…
 
Sometimes the journey to a PhD has nothing to do with the PhD at all, it has to do with the ultimate goal. For Paige Backlund Jarquin her journey to her PhD started with a realization she wanted to work to improve the public health system. Now the statement of the goal wasn’t immediate, it took some time and a relocation to Washington, D.C. It was …
 
David Conti’s path to his PhD started when he discovered he quite liked the way genetics helped him answer some of the questions he had about the world around him. It started with butterflies and then moved onto to identifying disease characteristics in our own genome. (I think I got this right.) Now his work finds him being more of a computer prog…
 
The 1950s were an exciting time for Joe Romig. Playing football and a passion for astronomy took him to the University of Colorado, in Boulder. He found great success at both. After his undergrad he went to England to study at Oxford, then returned home as part of the efforts to study the solar system. His never-ending curiosity led him to a career…
 
Asking good questions are at the heart of all PhD journeys. For Andy Sayler it was a bit different. The questions he was asking didn’t have answers to be derived by laboratory experiments or field investigations. The questions he was working to answer had more to do with the discussion on how to keep digital information secure at the same time the …
 
Thinking about the role of technology and data in the world is just one of the big questions Shawn DuBravac, PhD is asking these days. Specifically he is focused on digitization. It is more than just the shifting from an analog world to a world build on ones and zeros, Shawn is working on identifying the ways society is being changed by the transfo…
 
Telling the stories of people was the driving force behind Padraic Kenney’s desire to get his doctorate. He didn't know what he was going to do after that, he just knew he liked to tell stories. So he told a story about the rise of the Communist Revolution in two Polish cities. The thing is he did this work while another revolution unfolded around …
 
One might think that an undergrad degree in Leisure Studies wouldn’t lead to much more than a couch. That is certainly not the case for Justin Harmon. Sure the years right after graduation were a bit on the lackadaisical side of life, he was working, but he was more focused on the living. It wasn’t until the end of his masters that he found his cal…
 
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